It’s garden season! My little postage stamp apartment garden is green and beautiful and producing tomatoes, radishes, carrots, lettuce, zucchini, and other goodies. I’m just loving having fresh food right on my balcony.
Apartment gardening can be challenging. What can you grow in such a small space? If you only have a few feet for some pots? What can you grow if you don’t have any outdoor space? And what can you grow that you will actually use?
Answer: Hanging Herb Garden
Of course, you should have a hanging herb garden in your home even if you have huge space for an outdoor garden. Having fresh herbs in your kitchen year round is a must!
Herbs are also pretty hardy plants. I left for a week and the Hubby forgot to water my hanging herb garden and when I came back I thought for sure that they were done, but with a little TLC they came back with a vengeance.
My hanging herb garden has basil, rosemary, and mint. I am thinking about making a few more hanging herb gardens and planting some thyme, and trying parsley again. (I had parsley but that was un-save-able after the Hubby didn’t water it and then I drowned it, megh, maybe not all herbs are hardy.)
What herbs should you plant in your hanging herb garden? Well here are some suggestions:
If you want more information on growing and preserving herbs with great suggestions on what herbs to grow check out this podcast from Living Homegrown.
Some of my favorite recipes are full of fresh herbs. French herb salads, dill with avocado and flaked salt, thyme in is wonderful in chicken stocks, and mint in water is heavenly.
Hanging Herb Garden
Supplies (to make one):
- SOCKER Plant Pot, the $1.99 size
- Hemp twine
- Cup hook for hanging
- Dirt and herbs for planting
Visually divide your pot into three sections and mark three dots on the “corner” of each section. Alternatively, measure the circumference of the top of the pot, divide this measurement by three, mark the three sections.
Use a nail and hammer to punch a hole into the three marks on the pot.
Determine how long you need your twine to be by measuring from where you are going to hang the pots to where you want the pots to be. Basically, from the top of your window frame to where the top of the pots should hang. Then add a few (3-5) inches for knots and such. It’s fine to estimate. Cut three pieces of twine to however long you need them to be.
Thread the twine from the outside of the pot to the inside. Tie a secure double overhand stopper knot (check out this tutorial) and pull the twine back through the hole until the knot stops it. Do this with the other two holes, so you end up with three pieces of twine.
Gather all the twine together and treat it as one while you tie a surgeon’s loop knot (check out this tutorial) in the end of the twine.
Install the cup hook by first drilling a pilot hole into the window frame and then hand screwing in the cup hook.
Plant your herb in the pot, remember to account for no drainage holes by adding rocks or something to the bottom of the pot before planting. Note: You can punch drainage holes into your pot, but then you will have water running down your window.
Hang pot by placing the twine loop on the cup hook.
Supplies (to make one):
- 2 wooden kabob skewers
- fabric scraps
- fabric glue
Cut the fabric scraps into 3″ x 1.5″ rectangles. Fold the rectangles in half so that the 1.5″ sides are matching up, iron them to crease, then unfold them. Lay out a piece of plastic wrap on your work space. Lay the fabric rectangles out (on top of the plastic wrap) side by side the order you like, with about 1/8″ in-between each rectangle. Run a line of glue along the fold and on one side of the fold of the fabric. Lay the thread across the center glue line leaving a few inches on either side of the fabric scraps. Fold the fabric over the thread and press. Put another piece of plastic wrap on top of the bunting and then layer on some heavy books. Allow the bunting to dry under the books, overnight should do it.
Once the bunting is dry cut the fabric into triangles by trimming the edges and being careful not to cut the thread. Tie the thread around the skewers and put a dot of glue on the knot so it doesn’t slip. Allow glue to dry and stick the skewers into your potted plant (or on a cake!)